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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 422
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 24.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-20-2002

Our Hefeweizen is a light, unfiltered wheat beer, often served with a wedge of lemon. Made with thirty percent American winter wheat, Hefeweizen is balanced with sweet golden malted barley and Tettnang hops from Oregon that evoke a hint of spice. The American ale yeast is subtle, but the grains take center stage and, when left in the unfiltered beer, gives it that classic cloudiness and additional body.

The German Hefeweizen (say “hay-fuh-vite-sin”) traces its history to 16th century Bavaria and eventually came to America with the wave of German immigrants in the 19th century. Although the rise of light lager beer diminished the sales of wheat beers on both sides of the Atlantic, the sale of wheat beers began to rise after WWII, especially in Southern Germany where a unique ale yeast strain fermented the beer with banana and clove esters. In the late 20th Century, the new American craft brewers sought out a lighter style to complement their beer selection and brewed Hefeweizens with the same yeast strains they used to brew their Pale Ales and Stouts.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.02/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can, poured into a bell glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Poured very, very pale, like water with a hint of an echo of the shadow of a yellowish tinge. In the glass, it takes on a little more color, turning a polished gold hue. It looks more like a dark cider than a hefeweizen, forming a minimal head that dies away quickly and appearing more hazy than cloudy. It does leave some scattered patches of persistent lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is primarily wheat and grain fields, with a few hints of clove and something slightly bubble-gum-esque. Not much in the way of fruit odors.

T: With all respects to Douglas Adams, the taste is not almost, but not quite, exactly unlike a hefeweizen. This drinks more like a yellow lager, with the same sort of hop profile - wheaten and grassy, with a slight citrus tang. None of the clove or bubblegum from the nose appears, and none of the fruity esters one would expect from a hefeweizen seem to be present.

M: Watery, but with rather active carbonation.

O: There are many better examples of the hefeweizen style out there. This seems almost mislabeled, more like a pale wheat ale.

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Photo of malibujohnny
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

WOW...I was not predicting this.I poured fast from the bottle and got a head that was that heavy yet dispersing. The very first taste reminded me of miller lite....let me finish.I poured a 2nd,down the pint properly. I then recieved a very thin head that did not continue,very light lacing down the glass. Still the taste i gathered was not even close to a wheat style beer. As i drank this i could not help but notice a pilsner miller lite style with just the smallest amount of wheat malt added. The hops is hardly noted and even a orange slice for the wit beer boys would not help this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I CAN't put enough love out there for my local, in-person trader, tone77! He calls me a master of The CANQuest (TM) and yet he comes through time and time again with new CANs for me. Cheers, bro!

From the CAN: "For best flavor, keep refrigerated". Bet, yo!

I pulled out my new Schlafly CAN Sessions CAN glass, listened to the Crack, and employed an inverted Glug. I had two fingers of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy, but not cloudy (WTF?) golden-yellow (SRM = 4). Nose was light, kind of herbal tea-like. I was reminded of Jasmine, but in a Hefe? Where are the bananas? Where are the cloves? Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was mildly spicy, but it lacked any Oomph! or anything that would make me think of or call this a Hefeweizen. Understand, it pains me greatly to dun any of their beers. I know their brewer, Stephen Hale, I have personally met Tom Schlafly and I always recommend them to visitors. Chalk this up to a rare misstep, but I am deeply unimpressed. The finish was bland, boring and lackluster.

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Photo of stagman
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First of all, the name is misleading. This is NOT a German Hefeweizen. It is simply an American Wheat. The complexity in a Hefe is lacking with Schlafly Wheat.

Anyway, this beer pours a light gold color with a bit of haze. The head fizzes away faster than expected. Smells more like a Wit than a Hefe (citrusy rather than banana and bubblegum). Its taste also leans more toward lemons and peppers than anything else.

It's ok, but not at all what a Hefeweizen should be.

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Photo of jsh420
2.17/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bottled 08 16 2011

pours bright cloudy golden yellow with a big frothy foamy white head that had ok retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is very faint wheat malt and lemon

taste is better then the nose but not by much - same lemon citrus and wheat - where is the banana the clove

mouthfeel - light medium body with ok carbonation but still has that fizzy thin feel

overall - extremely disappointed after just having schlafly bavarian weissbier just a few days ago (that was one hell of a beer) this is a play it safe no imagination american wheat

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Photo of JTK111
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle -- unfortunately was unable to pour this one into a glass, and I give it a 3 for look only because I can't submit a review without a rating. Smell was tough to judge, but I got a sweet, bread smell, not unlike a pilsner. Carbonation was low. Taste was so close to a Budweiser or other mass market pilsner, especially as it warmed, that I was a bit freaked out that it was labeled as a hef. There were slight hints of banana, but they were so subtle that I would not remotely call it fruity. Texture was flat, even for a hef. Overall, I did not love this one, but I look forward to trying some of the other Schafly beers. The flavor was so curious, I'd like to give this one a try on draft.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is clearly not a hefeweizen as suggested by Schlafly but rather simply a wheat ale..

Very cloudy yellowish pour with a small white fluffy head...

Smells rather grainy and non-descript.. I was hoping for at least a bit of banana on this one....

Not very impressed with the taste here either, especially if you're expecting the sweet spiciness of a hefe... rather blah..

I finished this one but just didn't like it very much..

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
2.31/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Man, I don't know what went wrong here. I like wheat ales a lot, and this one just really missed the mark for me. It looks okay and smells of wheat and some subtle hops, but the taste is just... gross. It's boring, like a wheat beer with all interesting fruity esters and spiciness gone. It's bland, and even metallic tasting. Just not the one for me.

Right now, this beer is sitting in my fridge for guests.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label on the neck of the bottle is different from the picture posted on Beer Advocate but it's the same one as listed on the brewery's site- says Unfiltered Wheat along with Hefeweizen ale.
For something unfiltered this pours awfully clear. Not quite fizzy yellow lager clear but not really hazy at all. No suspicious floaties. Nothing at all mysterious. ... ah, after emptying the bottle, a splash of yeast gets in there hazing it some; still pretty weak for the style.
On the nose it is very much fizzy yellow lager with some indications of bottled lemon juice.
On the palate, there isn't much more depth than lemon seltzer going on. A lemony, light lager is what I'm tasting. While the flavors aren't bad, they are very, very weak.
Frankly, there's probably a macrobrew that's on sale wherever you are that you will probably enjoy just about as much as you would enjoy this beer. Don't bother with it.

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Photo of Realale
2.39/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a freshly picked-up keg at a friend's birthday party last night.

Hazy gold, with a fine, bright white slightly sticky head that settles slowly to a solid 1/4" cap. Looks quite nice really.

Nose is a slightly sour, dank graininess. No real wheat character, no real yeast character. Yawn.

Light side of medium in the mouth. Watery indistinct slightly sour grain flavors. Really watery in the mid-palate, and a blessedly short finish. Not much of anything really. Carbonation level is a bit high, which leaves an unpleasant prickly sensation on tongue throughout.

Kudos for supporting the local brewery at the party, but geez, this is pretty grim stuff. Schlafly can do much better. Suffice it to say that this was the only beer on offer at the party, and I could only manage to choke down two over the course of almost three hours. Glad I didn't have to pay for it!

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Photo of hotstuff
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a large sized white head when it was poured with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was cloudy with a yellow hue.The nose was malty, fruity and sweet and the flavor was lightly bitter.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, thin, watery, and light bodied.The one thing this beer had going for it was that it had excellent lacing.All-in-all this beer lacked flavor and character.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-pale yellow, cloudy, wispy white head

S-strong lemon zest smell

T-lemony, nice hit of wheat

M-light, very little carbonation

D-weak flavor, just nothing very assertive, really a below average hefe

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Photo of sutcliff
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This hefeweizen has potential to be much better than it is. Sure, it represents the style and fits the requirements well. Nevertheless, it is not unique and nor the best hefeweizen I have tried. During the summer months, I look forward to hefeweizens and this was not a treat.

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Photo of beer1018
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was hoping this would impress me more then the last wheat ale i had....

12 OZ bottlled on 6/30/2009

Appears cloudy yellow color with a half inch head into pint glass. Smells of citris and wheat, more wheat then citrus. Taste is not really impressing me, i would say it has more flavor then the 312 and the mouthfeel is creamier which is nice. Also to note it has a nice aftertaste to it. I dont have the dry stale beer smell you would have say after drinking a BMC. It is to carbonated for me. Because of the carbonation i think i wouldnt want more then 1-2. I am starting to think i just dont like the style, the best i have had so far is Oberon and that didnt really knock my socks off either. Either way i think APWA are great beers to give to BMC drinkers to start them dont the path of craft. Not recommended

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Photo of janders1
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this beer since I have had a couple of other brews from this brewery and was pleased with them. This beer had good appearance and smell, but what I tasted was not a Hefeweizen, but rather something more on the lines of a bad pale ale. Overall not a bad beer, but I would not categorize it as a Hefeweizen. I quickly went and bought an Erdinger to make sure I had not forgotten what a Hefe tasted like.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.54/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ayinger tall Kirta-Halbe glass.

A - Pours a very pale, light yellow. Four+ finger head of white, loose foam sets up instantly during the pour - glad I used this glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is almost a neon yellow with a touch of light green tinting. Hazy and moderately opaque, beer shows suspended stratifications of particulates throughout the glass. Head falls in on itself at a deliberate pace, leaving splotches of foam on the sides of the glass and a fluffy pillow on the surface.

S - Lemongrass, wheat, subtle flinty mineralness, just a touch of banana poking thru the background.

T - Light wheat flour and very subtle hints of mellowed lemon. A touch of yeastiness, with a bit of banana sugar, like the end of a banana popsicle, in the little finish there is. Not much taste at all to this beer. Quite neutral across the entire quaff.

M - Neither fizzy or creamy. Rather thin, almost watery. No real finish to speak of. Little body. Light structure, but integrated.

O - Perhaps in the dog days of summer, when the thermometer and humidity are both pushing 100, this, ice cold, would be refreshing. I'm not sure if the blandness of this bottle is due to it not being just bottled - I got this last fall - and/or still being in spring and mostly drinking malty beers, but there just isn't much going on with this beer. This is a summer session beer, and one most females would appreciate being given, as well as your Bud Light friends who think all craft beers are bitter hop bombs - this one will seriously mess with their expectations. I like unfiltered hefeweizens, but this one is too soft and undefined for my tastes. It's not a bad beer - it's just not much of a beer overall.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I don't think I've ever had a hefeweizen before and don't have any idea therefore what they are "supposed' to taste like. That said, I found this a really dull and uninteresting beer. If you had included it in a blind taste test along side Bud Lite and Miller Lite, it might've edged out the competition but I don't think anybody would say it really stood out as a craft beer. Just not a lot going on flavor wise. Completely forgettable.

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Photo of botham
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a half finger of white head and no lacings. head retains for a minute or so.

aroma is a faint mix of citrus and a touch of pale malt. no wheat malt present, in what little aroma there is.

taste is watery, with a touch of citrus. there is little else. not impressive.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a slight tartness and a clean finish.

drinkability is not good. this hefe comes off as a subtle brew in aroma but ends up as little more than a watery citrus flavors liquid with some malt thrown in. not recommended.

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Photo of BeerWhale
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy yellow body, with a thin, puffy white head. It looks like a hefe should, but unfortunately the taste is below average. It has mild flavors at most. There is no spice, clove or banana hints that are normally expected in a good Hefe. It has some mild yeasty flavors, but not enough to add anything to the overall taste.

All in all; a disappointing beer that has none of the characteristic Hefeweizen flavors. I was expecting more, but was left with a bland, watery tasting beer that should not have come out of a brewery this good. Hopefully Schlafly will get their act together and make a better Hef before summer. Because, lets face it, there is nothing better than a cool, banana(y) hef while you're suffering through a St. Louis summer.

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Photo of cameraman
2.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A golden color, transparent, though it says it is unfiltered. A puffy white head forms, there is also alot of carbonation visible in the glass. A citrusy fragrance, followed by yeast and bread aromas, that round it out in the end. A light citrus flavor, mostly of lemon, then the yeast esters become more prevalent with some banana fuitiness there as well. It finishes with a mellow wheat wheat flavor at the end. The feel, is light, even more light than some american macro brewed beers, very thin and watery. An average drinking beer, a possible good choice for a session beer, with 4.5% ABV. I still do not understand the clarity of the beer, with an unfiltered label.

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Photo of Cresant
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a weizen glass. The body was clear, light yellow/gold with three fingers of sudsy head. The yeast was firmly stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was soapy? Later I detected fresh bread. Not extremely aromatic.

Taste was lemony crisp and clean. White bread. Rather mundane, but I'm not a big wheat beer fan.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium/light bodied.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Maisel's Weisse Weizen glass. The brew mad a great appearance with three fingers of thick bright white head, and a hazy golden colored body.

The aroma is yeasty, and almost cardboard in character. There is not much depth to this brew.

The taste is light and bland. There is the cardboard like flavor, with a hint of citrus peel.

This is one of the lightest hefes I've ever had, and a bit let down. I guess at an ABV of 3.9%, that should've told me something.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a pale yellow cloudy body, with a white head. Effervescent. Apple aroma. Watery wheaty taste. Sweet balancing out the flavor. Sweet aftertaste. Fruity, like a pear. Not much banana or clove like a traditional hefe. Soft mouthfeel, and very carbonated tasting.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cloudy and orange. about right look for a hefe. odor more like a pilsner, not a hefeweizen. taste was a bit off, kind of metallic, pretty bland, not really all that wheaty, just sour malt taste. and i was planning on buying a sixer for the wife. oh well.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I paired this with a spicy tex mex dinner. I found it complimentary but on it's own merits a touch under average.
A - hazy pale yellow, minimal white head
S - Some wheat / citrus with a slightly soapy aroma.
T - light wheat, citrus and yeast
M - light bodied, lightly carbonated.
D - It worked with the dinner I had. I woud hesitate to reach for one on it's own or with a less spicy dinner.

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
76 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.